by Owen-Withee-Curtiss Fire District
At 2:13 a.m. Saturday morning, Owen-Withee-Curtiss Fire and EMS were dispatched for a structure fire in the Village of Curtiss. Fire units arrived on scene and found a feed mill with heavy smoke and flames showing through the roof in the middle of the building.
MABAS Box Alarm 52-1-1 was called, bringing in resources from not only Clark County but also surrounding counties. During the fire, Central Fire was dispatched for hay on fire in a shed. We released units to respond to that fire. We also had a medical call, as well.
Hwy E was closed during the fire due to all the emergency vehicles and the safety of all the personnel. Though there was heavy damage to the feed mill it was a great save by everyone that responded we were able to stop the fire from burning the mill portion and also the part of the building that housed equipment and vehicles.
We were assisted by CCSO, Clark County Dispatch, Clark County Hwy Dept, Curtiss DPW, Abbottsford DPW, HAAS and Sons, Central, Stetsonville, Thorp, Stratford, Stanley, Boyd, Greenwood, Neillsville, Loyal, Chippewa Fire Dist, Spencer fire departments. Crews cleared the scene at around 11 a.m.
OWC units were back in service at around 1p.m. after getting equipment cleaned and ready for service. At this time, there is no dollar amount and the cause is still under investigation.
We would like to thank all the emergency services that helped in any way possible it was a large scene with a lot of hard work and great teamwork. Also, we would like to thank McDonald's of Abbotsford and the Curtiss Travel Plaza for the food and refreshments during the fire.
Our thoughts go out to the owners. This is a huge loss financially and to the Curtiss area.
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